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U.S. Elections Day 2020: Donald Trump or Joe Biden for President?

Who will be the next President of the United States of America?  Americans decide today on their next president after brutally fought U.S. presidential campaign which closed Tuesday.

National Polls

National polls have shown Presidential candidate Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump nationally by about 7 or 8 percentage points for weeks, but key battleground states are likely to determine the outcome.

Record Early Voting in the U.S.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100 million people cast early ballots which is more than two-thirds of the entire vote count of nearly 139 million in the 2016 election when Trump creates a major and unexpectedly upset winning Democrat candidateMrs. Hillary Clinton for the White House. 

Presidential Campaign

The presidential election is coming after a bitter and combative campaign, with both Trump and Biden claiming the other is unfit to run the country and would make it a disaster. 

Evidently, Trump, a former New York real estate investor and reality show TV star before he became President, and Biden, a legendary fixture of Washington politics who is also best know as Barack Obama’s Vice President, are inarguably both different in temperament and policies.

Trump has called the election “a choice between the American Dream and a socialist nightmare” He said it’s “a choice between a Trump super-recovery and a Biden depression.”

Donald Trump on COVID-19

The United States has a global leading death toll of more than 231,000 people and 9.2 million infections from COVID-19.  Trump promises to have a vaccine within weeks and said Joe Biden only talk about COVID-19.  “I watched Joe Biden speak yesterday,” Trump said on Saturday. “All he talks about is COVID, COVID. He’s got nothing else to say. COVID, COVID.”

Joe Biden on COVID-19

Biden has mocked Trump on the campaign trail suggesting months ago that the coronavirus could be treated by ingesting bleach.

Biden said on one of his rallies, “Millions of people out there are out of work, on the edge” because of the pandemic. “Can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, and Donald Trump has given up. Donald Trump has waved the white flag, abandoned our families and surrendered to the virus.”

Biden said he would “choose hope over fear. We choose unity over division. Science over fiction. And yes, we choose truth over lies.”

Electoral voting

Although the national polls have its projections, the United States does not follow a national popular vote but instead employs an indirect form of democracy to pick its leaders.  The election outcome is decided in state by state elections throughout the 50 states in the country and the national capital city, Washington, D.C.

The winner of the presidential election needs a 270 majority in the 538-member Electoral College.  Trump or Biden will win all the electors from each state by winning the popular vote, in all but two of the states, either with the most populous states holding the most electors.

Maine which has four electoral votes and Nebraska with five award their electors by the outcome in individual congressional districts and the overall statewide vote.  This would be a significant factor in an extremely close election.

Caribbean reaction

Caribbean-American voters are among the over 100 million Americans who have already cast their ballot and now voting on Election Day.  Many are in favor of Joe Biden and expressed excitement of his running mate, Kamala Harris, who’s father hails from Jamaica.  Likewise, many persons believe Trump is better for the American economy today.  

A group known as the Caribbean American Vote Planning Committee has been instrumental in getting persons out to vote to increase the participation of Caribbean American voters in the US presidential election.  The group previously published that, “2020 is a critical year for democracy and the Caribbean American community. As the US continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, several emergency measures have been put in place to protect public health and every eligible citizens’ right to vote in the November election.”

Cubans in Cuba want to see Trump out of the White House. Trump during his tenure rolled back Obama’s measures in relaxing relations with Cuba which saw significant impact to the Cuban tourism industry.  Many Cubans hope for a renewed US-Cuba relations after the presidential election.

Who will win the White House?

Former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won popularity votes when she ran in the 2016 U.S. election but it was made clear that the number of votes you win is less important than where you win them. Donald Trump unexpectedly took the 2016 presidential election win with the most state-by-state electoral votes.

The 2020 race for the White House is on! 

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